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Big Skate Day Ahead


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

In a bit of a rarity, the Owen Sound Attack won't be at home on Saturday, but rather they'll be in Barrie to face the Colts in an Ontario Hockey League matchup.

While the Attack are away, the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre will certainly be active.

The 2017 Ice Dreams skating event will be staged in the JD McArthur Arena all day Saturday...and when I say " all day ", I mean ALLLL DAY.

Close 100 skaters from various clubs in the Central Ontario region will be competing in a variety of disciplines over the course of the day.

The event which is being co-hosted by both the Shallow Lake and Owen Sound Skating Clubs is significant on a number of levels.

First, it allows the young skaters to get a taste of competition, challenging them to do their best.

Second, it gives young skaters a sense of what their nervous system is.

It's one thing to do a skating routine in practice, something altogether different to do that same routine on the clock with people watching.

Which brings us to the third significant level, which is skating on the ice surface in the region's BIG rink.

Whether it's Minor Hockey, Ringette or Ice Dreams, for the young athlete in our broadcast region, a big venue like the Bayshore truly signifies a BIG event.

Ice Dreams 2017 commences Saturday morning at 8 am, and like I say, it runs ALL Day.

I'm Fred Wallace

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